UNION COUNTY—A report by a taxpayer watchdog group says the county payroll has increased by nearly $2 million in just three months and it looks like top county employees got unannounced pay hikes and bonuses.
According to Tina Renna, a comparison of an employee list obtained on Jan. 8 with one that was obtained in October 2009, showed that the payroll went up $1,912,482, from $169,876,999 to $171,789,482.
While the number of workers has remained stable, with 3,042 people on the October list and 3,041 of the latest employee roster, salaries have gone up by $5.2 million since a year ago, when there wore 3,202 individuals on the government payroll.
Renna also reported that Charlotte DeFilippo, the county political boss who serves as executive director of the Union County Improvement Authority, was given a $4,302 pay increase that brings her salary to $147,712.
Renna is a community activist who has relentlessly demanded government accountability from Union County since 2005, when she founded the Union County Watchdog Association. She subsequently launched a blog at www.countywatchers.com, which features a considerable amount of information unearthed from public records and sources within the county.
Renna and John Bury—a Kenilworth resident who in June asked freeholders to explain why $2.5 million was transferred from a budget line item titled, ‘Salary Adjustment (Unclassified)’—say a recently released resolution indicates that the money went to pay bonuses for top level county employees.
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